Best Folk Venue

The Ark

Staff Pick, Readers' Choice

316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1451; theark.org

This cozy Ann Arbor non-profit venue hosts live music over 300 nights a year in a room that is incredibly conducive to performing softer music. Top notch acoustics and seating very close to the stage intimately connects performer and audience. With a 400 person capacity, the Ark is where you want to see your favorite up-and-comer or longtime folk music hero play. Since 1977, each year the Ark hosts the Ann Arbor Folk Festival. The funds raised all go toward keeping roots and folk music alive in downtown Ann Arbor. The 2018 festival was headlined by Jason Isbell of Drive-by Truckers fame and country and folk singer-songwriter John Prine. —Anthony Spak

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